Honoree: Kris Paquette
Honored by: Pacific Marine Mammal Center
Cause Area: Animals & Environment
Kris is a retired school teacher who leads our biggest school program at Pacific Marine Mammal Center. The Pinniped Pollution Project teaches close to 4,000 children about ocean conservation each year.
Aside from her weekly docent responsibilities, Kris is multifaceted and contributes in many ways. She likes to teach groups of children and train more teachers so that PMMC’s reach is wider and stronger.
Kris also spends long hours developing engaging program content aligned with Next Generation Science Standards focused on teaching children about the environment. Her knowledge of the needs of teachers and school systems has helped us provide meaningful curriculum that supports what teachers are doing in the classroom.
Kris has helped develop and revise Girl Scout programming, allowing us to welcome a wider range of scouts. Kris serves on PMMC’s education committee which helps move forward our environmental education mission. She is always offering to help and coming up with new ideas to engage children. She is an integral part of the PMMC education team taking on projects and roles that allow us to reach a larger audience of children. She is an inspiration to others. Kris embodies dedication, reliability and heart. She is truly indispensable. We are thankful for her efforts to increase, enhance and extend our educational mission.